Taiwanese-Style Soy Sauce Eggs with Carrots
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 2 (3 eggs each)
  • 6 hardboiled eggs, peeled
  • 3 large carrots, cut in 2 inch pieces
  • ⅓ cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • ¼ cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese 5 Spice
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of kombu (optional)
  • Hot steamed rice, for serving (optional)
  1. Put shiitake mushrooms in a small bowl. Cover with cold water. Soak for 15-20 minutes until soft.
  2. Put hardboiled eggs in a saucepan. Add Chinese 5 Spice, sugar, and cooking oil. Stir carefully until eggs are well coated.
  3. Add shiitake mushrooms, garlic, crushed red pepper, and kombu (if using) to the pot.
  4. Add soy sauce to the pot and then add enough water to completely cover the eggs.
  5. Bring the pot to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low. Cover with a tight lid.
  6. While eggs are cooking, steam the carrots in a separate pot until soft. Set aside.
  7. Cook eggs over very low heat for 30 minutes. Add the cooked carrots. Cover the pot and cook on low for 10 minutes more. Remove from heat. If you used the kombu seawood, remove the seaweed with a spoon and discard. Enjoy!
If you don't have a gluten-intolerance, feel free to use regular soy sauce.

Using the kombu seaweed in this dish is completely optional, but adds an amazing, extra depth of flavor. You won't taste any seaweed and the kombu is removed before serving, but it leaves behind a little extra umami.

Serve the eggs and carrots over rice, if desired, for a more complete meal. Add plenty of sauce to the rice for amazing flavor!

Please note, the color of the eggs can vary slightly depending on how dark your soy sauce is. If you want the eggs to be darker, feel free to let them sit in the sauce for a bit longer after they're done cooking.

Make sure you add enough water to completely cover the eggs in liquid, use a tight-fitting lid, and turn the stove to the lowest setting when cooking the eggs. This will ensure that they don't dry out.
Recipe by A Bite of Inspiration at https://abiteofinspiration.com/2017/04/08/taiwanese-style-soy-sauce-eggs/